Eats & Drinks, Mali
Comments 2

on miracles

How do you like your miracles? Grandiose? Sweeping? Brazen?

lettuce urban garden gardener farmer Niger river Bamako

Secret? Hushed? Hidden away?

Bamako Mali urban garden leeks farm

Noisy, with puffs of smoke and flashes of light?

Bamako Mali urban garden leeks farm dog

Or earthy, humble, even sensual?

Bamako urban garden farmer pot plant mint spearmint

i’ll tell you: i prefer the latter. I prefer the miracles you can touch, taste and get inside of, over the spectacular ones you only hear about.

Yesterday, I came upon a miracle-maker.

Bamako urban garden gardener farmer cilantro fennel

He’s friendly, down to earth, and passionate about his craft. In fact, he spends most of his time in the earth, bringing life to wonderful and long-missed aromas and flavors.

fresh mint bunch urban garden
He makes magic happen, and the list is long: Fresh rosemary, thyme, cilantro, flat parsley, curly parsley, sage, three varieties of basil, scallions, chives, arugula (!)  …


and fronds of fennel silky enough to coax superlatives from your lips.


He’s got lavender, citronella, three types of mint, and more and more and more.


I stood in his field, jaw hanging, enjoying an olfactory adventure I hadn’t known for years as he handed me leaf after leaf to inhale.


This is my kind of miracle; this is my brand of joy.

cilantro africa hand bunch fresh picked herb

What’s yours ?




PS: If you’re in Bamako and wishing for some of these miracles, call Vincent, in Badalabougou: +223 74 58 31 80.


  1. Pingback: on broken hearts | outerNotes

what are your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s